Basic Books for a Christian Theologian

  1. Aquinas, Thomas. Summa Theologica, 5 volumes. Christian Classics, 1981.
  2. Augustine. Confessions. Henry Chadwick, trans. Oxford University Press, 1998.
  3. Augustine. The City of God. Modern Library, 1994.
  4. Calvin, John. Institutes of Christian Religion. John T. McNeill, ed.; Ford Lewis Battles, trans. Westminster John Knox, 1960. Detailed overview of Christianity from its origins to the present.
  5. Carter, Warren. The Roman Empire and the New Testament. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2006.
  6. Chadwick, Henry. The Early Church. Penguin, 1993.
  7. Corrigan, John, and Winthrop Hudson. Religion in America. Prentice Hall, 2003.
    Overview of Christianity in the United States from 1607 to the late twentieth century.
  8. Flannery, Austin, ed. Vatican Council II: Constitutions, Decrees, Declarations. Costello, 1996. [Vatican II documents ]
  9. Gonzalez, Justo. The Story of Christianity. Prince Press, 1999; originally published in two volumes by Harper SanFrancisco, 1984/85. Overview of the first five centuries of Christian history.
  10. Gonzalez, Justo, and Zaida Maldonado Perez. An Introduction to Christian Theology. Abingdon, 2002.Introduces theology topically (by major doctrines) from a Protestant perspective.
  11. Karl Rahner, Foundations of Christian Faith: An Introduction to the Idea of Christianity, trans. William V. Dych (New York: The Seabury Press, 1978) 26.
  12. Larson, M.A. (1977), The Story of Christian Origins.
  13. Laeuchli, S. (1967), “Christ and Mithra”, in Mithraism in Ostia: Mystery Religion and Christianity in the Ancient Port of Rome, Northwestern University Press, p. 88.
  14. Lewis, C. S. Mere Christianity. HarperSanFrancisco, 2001. A classic presentation of the “essentials” of Christian faith for non-Christians. Classified as “apologetics,” meaning that it argues for the reasonableness of Christianity.
  15. Luther, Martin. Martin Luther: Selections from His Writings. John Dillenberger, ed. Anchor, 1958.
  16. Lynch, Joseph. The Medieval Church: A Brief History. Longman, 1995. Overview of Christianity during the medieval period.
  17. McGrath, Alister. Christian Theology: An Introduction. Blackwell, 2001. Introduces theology topically (by major doctrines) from a Protestant perspective.
  18. Noll, Mark. Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity. Baker Academic, 2000. Brief overview of Christianity from its origins to the present.
  19. Placher, William. A History of Christian Theology: An Introduction. Westminster John Knox, 1983. Introduces the development of Christian theology chronologically (as it developed through history) from a Protestant perspective.
  20. Placher, William, ed. Readings in Christian Theology, Vol. I: From Its Beginnings to the Eve of the Reformation and Vol. 2: From the Reformation to the Present. Westminster John Knox, 1988.
  21. Rausch, Thomas. The College Student’s Introduction to Theology. Michael Glazier, 1993. Introduces theology topically (by major doctrines) from a Roman Catholic perspective.
  22. Simons, Menno. Complete Writings. Herald Press, 1956.


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